Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More Ginter code cards for the codophiles!

Well I bought another box of ginter and a couple blasters and I'm going to post that break later.  But I thought I'd post the code cards for anyone trying to do this thing.  You might already have seen these, but here they are front to back.

Monday, July 30, 2012

TTM Success Will "the Thrill" Clark!!!

I'm pretty excited about this one. I had been seeing that Will was signing through the mail if you sent stuff to the Giants address, but only one card.  So I'm not greedy.  I was trying to think of which card I'd like to send and I remembered I had a bunch of these 89 All -Star inserts.  And I'd seen a few other guys get these signed and  knew it would look great.  Not a bad turn around time either.  Just over a month.  Will was one of my favorite players to watch growing up and it's a great addition to the collection. I also love the addition of his number 22.  Well his main number with the Giants, Rangers, and Cardinals anyways.

TTM Stats

Date Sent: 6/18/12
Date Received: 7/29/12

Address used:
Will Clark
c/o San Fransisco Giants
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Fransisco, CA 94107

Friday, July 20, 2012

Couple packs of Lego Minifigures Series 7

I was walking through the local Fred Meyers and saw that they had a couple boxes of blind packs of Series 7 Minifigures.  I know these came out in May, I think, but this is the first time I've seen them anywhere in Alaska.  So I picked a couple of packs up.
Another mix of all sorts of stuff.  I will say this I think I might have pulled the two lamest ones though.

Alright maybe not as lame as the guy in the bunny suit, but still no Neptune or that guy with the gun.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2012 Allen and Ginter Code Cards

As promised I'm posting my code cards from my box break of 2012 Allen and Ginter.  I only got three, but here they are.

I'm not sure if the ad card has anything to do with the game, but I'm posting it anyways.

Bloodstained Pin
Back of the Bloodstained pin card.

Second Scrape of Paper
Back of Second Scrape of paper.
Guttman Residence.
Back of the Guttman Residence.

Good luck guys.  I like that Topps is switching it up a bit this year with the code as more of a who dunnit. 
I'll post more cards as I get them.  Does anyone know if and who solved last years code?

CB out.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 Allen and Ginter Box Break

Yep another A & G box break.  Gotta get mine in before I leave for my next work trip.  I found time between working on the house, filling my freezer with salmon, and other miscellaneous stuff to wander over to Bosco's to pick up a box of A & G.  And I was also surprised when I started talking with the sports card manager, Pat, that he discovered my blog. Not that I keep it a secret that I write a baseball card blog, but I don't tend to spread it around.  Anyways Pat was really good to me last year picking out boxes of A & G.  I got rip cards, a red auto Stan Lee, and various other awesome stuff.  Let see if this box holds up, so Pat this one's for you.

I won't deny it I'm a lover of Allen and Ginter.  As a man who likes his mini's, oddballs, and quirky stuff A & G is awesome.  I have to say back when Upper Deck had a baseball license, Goodwin was a close second, but you just never know what's going to pop up in your box of A & G.

This year there are lots of different mini inserts and a couple cool full sized inserts as well.
My box label for those who would like one.

But lets start at the top and work our way back shall we.

This years base design has a nice art deco look.  I like the full border and stock.  As always these will  look great hard signed and I ordered a couple Brewers team sets to try and see if I could get a couple autographed TTM. Mr. Axford here is a great signer and I will be hitting him up again for sure.
Of course there are the mini's.
I was lucky enough to snag a Yu Darvish mini rookie, it's a regular back, but that's ok.
Of course there are a few parallel mini's like usual. I also got a few SP mini's I haven't gone through all of them so I don't have a hard count, but I know I got at least 2.
The A&G back. And there is a red A&G back,  hand numbered to 25. I didn't get any of those though. Of the base mini's I got 6 A&G backs.
I also got 3 black bordered Mini's.

My box topper was this Baseball Highlight's cards.  I'm not a fan of the Cards, but it could be worse.

On to the full sized inserts.
The main 100 card insert set is What's in a Name.

I have to be honest I started flipping through these and before you know it I'd read just about all of them that I pulled.  I like the idea and I like the set, but I'm not going to go after this monster.

I got 3 Baseball Highlight Sketches cards.  Clemente, Fisk and Ichiro.

I've always liked this set, but never really been compelled to try and collect it.
As a lover of history I will be collecting this set, like last years Floating Fortresses.

Another insert oddball I'll probably try for are these World Tallest Buildings.

I'm going to save my code cards for another post for those that are trying to solve it.
All the oddball inserts and code ares are 1:8 the What's in a Name cards fall 1:2.

Now onto the mini inserts.  I didn't get any SSP's and I also didn't get any People of the Bible or Musical Masters. Both of which have the same odds of insertion as the rest of the oddball mini's 1:5.

Here is another set I'll chase. Worlds' Greatest Military Leaders.  I got one of these.

I also got only one Man's Best Friend.  I'm torn right now if I'm going to go after this set or not.  Will see after my field season in a month or so how hard these are to find.

I will be trying for this mini set as well probably.  I only got the one, but it's the good one. Achya if it's not Scottish it's crap!

I did manage to snag two mini's of the other set I know for sure I'm going after.  Giant's of the Deep.

Now onto the hits.

Spoiler I didn't hit an auto.  Last year I heard that whole cases didn't have any autographs and I was pretty lucky with what I pulled. But the cards I got were pretty nice.

Elvis! I know a Rangers fan who might want to trade for that.

Johnny Mac!  This will go great with my McEnroe Auto I pulled last year, if I ever get it that is.  Still waiting on Topps to fulfill that redemption.
And a Arnold Palmer card.

Well three relics kinda suck.  I'm glad I got three pretty decent relics.  They won't pay for the box, but that's life.  Oh wait what's this....
It's the premier oddball of the set, besides the butterfly redemptions I mean.  This was in the last pack I opened and I wasn't expecting it at all, especially after I already pulled my three relics.  This won't pay for the box either, especially after I looked what these were pulling in on eBay, but that's ok I think I'll keep this oddball.

Well all in all not too bad, but definitely not the best I've ever opened.  Sorry Pat.  I do plan on buying at least one more box of this.  It's hard to resist. But it'll be a while, as I'm leaving for another work trip tomorrow.

That being said I've had a few people express interest in a trade or too from other posts.  I'm up for trading, but after my field season is done and I'm around for more than 3 days.  That'll happen sometime in September I hope.  So put a sticky note somewhere.

And thanks again to all of you that read my blog.

CB out.